Archive for August, 2008

Aug 22
Gen Con Hangover Posted by Matt

I’m back at work this week from a hard week of gaming in Indiana.  I attended the annual Gen Con at the Indianapolis Convention Center in downtown Indy along with Alex, Steve, Matt2, and DM Dave.  We had a great time playing VS, crawling through dungeons with DM Dave, and getting to shop the Great Hall, the ultimate nerd shopping experience.   I took a ton of photos with my digital camera and my phone and loaded them all together,  I’ll leave it up to you to tell the difference.

Driving back Sunday afternoon I was pretty wiped out.  We packed in as much gaming as we possibly could only taking breaks to eat, sleep, and walk the great hall otherwise we were gaming!  I can’t wait until next year, only 355 more days to go!!!

  

When I returned from Indiana I was greeted by  a brand new 46″ Samsung LCD.  I had ordered the TV from Amazon since they were able to provide me with the best deal.  Not only was it the lowest price anywhere online but they also gave me free shipping and no sales tax!  Thats a huge saving on something like this. The first thing I noticed when I sat down to watch some TV is that the traditional analog signal is just not going to cut it.   Talking with Charter I found I could rent the HD box for a mere $10/month extra, and after just a few days of HD television, I have to say its well worth it.  Seeing the Cardinal games in clear 1080i resolution is awe-inspiring.

One of the main reasons for wanting a new HD TV was so that I could play my Xbox 360 and have it look the way its supposed to.   Lately I’ve been playing a ton of Soul Caliber IV.   This is the fifth in a series of very successful fighting games starting with the original Soul Blade for the Playstation One.  This game takes a different spin on the genre and features unique weapons for each of its characters.   The game looks amazing in 1080, but without an HDMI cable I’m not completely satisified as it could look if I had an HMDI-ready Xbox 360.  SC4 is really fun and features a unique spin on character creation.  I’ve literally spent hours customizing my favorite characters adding new weapons and outfits.  It really helps keep the game fresh and I’ll be playing this for many weeks to come.

Yesterday I was THIS close to driving to California and burning down the SciFi Channel offices.  After hearing  about the cancellation of one of my favorite shows Stargate: Atlantis, I was seriously ticked off (and rightly so!)  Today comes word of the launch of the third Stargate series Stargate: Universe.  Although the plot sounds very similar to that of Star Trek Voyager, at least its something.  I am really going to miss the adventures of Colonel Sheppard and the crew of Atlantis, but I guess if this is the worst of my problem then I’m pretty lucky.  There is word of a 2-hour straight-to-dvd movie from the Atlantis cast.  I guess the two previous SG-1 movies were successful enough to warrant more.

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Aug 07
Hanging with the “units” Posted by Matt

Last week I turned 31.  Not a great achievement by any means and not something I was looking particularly forward to.  Granted its nice to get presents from your loved ones, but each year makes turning 40 and middle-age even closer.   On Wednesday my actual birthday, Kari treated me to lunch at Quiznos and dinner from Cecil Whitakers, I also got my new Alpine car stero installed, not a bad day!  On Friday my mom and Aunt were in town for my adopted cousin’s wedding.  Dr. Guttman and The Kat took everyone out for dinner at Kobe Steakhouse.  For special occasions it doesn’t get any better than a hibachi grill.   The mix of food and showmanship by the chef make it a really fun night.  On Sunday my dad came into town a day before his flight on Monday to Utah.  Mr. Kotter was sporting his new “old man” glasses.  Plastic frames that are big enough to fit over his reading glasses.  You can see me modeling them on the picture below.

 

On Saturday KG and I saw The Dark Knight.  There isn’t much I can say other than this movie is absolutely terrific.  Its not so much a “super hero movie” as a heavy drama with super heroes.  It was simply amazing, and very well done.  All the hype surrounding this movie is warranted.   Go see as soon as you can.

There is a HUGE UFC card this weekend.  The main event which has huge title implications is being over shadowed by a pair of under card matches.  The return of the Next Big Thing, Brock Lesnar taking on heavyweight journeyman Heath Herring, and a match many are calling potential fight of the year in Roger Huerta and Kenny Florian.  This card is stacked and is guaranteed to deliver excitement.

Speaking of the UFC, Dana White has been doing video blogs all week long as he travels the country promoting UFC 87.  They’re pretty interesting and provide some insight behind the scenes.

Pictures from the Puckfest 2008 tournament I played in a couple weeks ago including one of me holding the trophy!

So who gets the Madden Curse this year?  The cover of Madden 09 on the Xbox 360 has Brett Favre pictured… in a Packers uniform.  I’m leaning towards the Packers.  I just can’t understand how you dump a Hall of Fame quarterback like Favre like yesterday’s garbage.

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